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Boardin' Progress

I've decided to take a day off the boarding today; well, I went out for a while this morning and I was really too knackered and sore to do anything useful, so I just had lunch with everyone else and then boarded back to the chalet.

I don't feel too guilty because my aches and pains were mostly the result of a pretty good day yesterday. We got a coach from La Plagne to Les Arcs (because the Vanoise Express cable that normally links these two resorts is closed at the moment) and spent all day zipping around Les Arcs. I was the least experienced of the crowd who went, but they were happy to look after me a bit :)

It was a lot of fun, and I pretty much boarded until I dropped, getting more used to different conditions, and working on my technique, and getting less scared of humps and bumps, learning to smooth them out a bit. I'm also less scared of long flat bits, or uphill bits, possibly because I'm now not having to use 100% of my brain just to keep upright, so I'm capable of seeing them coming in advance and building up some speed for them. I also have more of a feel for how to keep an edge in, to keep stable over the flats.

But, yeah, it was quite a long day, and pretty tiring, and I had one tumble which fell into the "I'll just stay lying in this snow for a minute or two, thank you very much, no need to get up quite yet" category. I think Chris got that one on video, so there may be an entertaining YouTube posting at some point, along with all the footage he's taken of me falling over getting off chairlifts, the bastard.

Aforementioned tumble twisted my ankle a bit, and I think that's mostly what's causing me gyp today, but in the middle of most boarding holidays I take a day off to recover and give my body a bit of a chance to do some repair work, so this isn't unusual :)

Anyway. I'm all set for a nice quiet afternoon, then we're off for a meal at a nice restaurant, as it's the chalet cook's night off.

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